According to Stephen Wilson of the Associated Press, the sport of wrestling will remain on the Olympic program after all. The International Olympic Committee voted to reinstate the sport on Sunday for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
It will also retain its full medal status for the 2024 Olympic Games as well.
Wrestling was dropped for the 2020 Olympic Games in February after a shocking decision by the International Olympic Committee. The sport of wrestling beat out baseball/softball and squash to get back in the Olympics.
IOC President Jacques Rogge said wrestling has "taken a number of steps to modernize and improve their sport."
Let's hope Rogge is correct because there were a few rules that were a joke at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The major thing that needs to be corrected is the scoring system. In case of a tie, awarding a wrestler a round when he or she scores the final point is completely poor, and the overtime rules need to be completely revamped as well because the wrestler in the hold position is given a completely unfair advantage.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, team Canada won two medals in wrestling. Tonya Verbeek of Grimsby, Ontario won a silver medal in the women's 55kg division and Carol Huynh of Hazelton, British Columbia won a bronze medal in the women's 48 kg division.